We Moonliters love to have guests at our meetings because it gives us an opportunity to tell them about Toastmasters and show them how much it can do for them, just as it has for us. Our meetings are run according to a pre-set schedule, because we recognize that each person's time is valuable. But even more important is that our meetings are always fun (yes, even if we've signed up to give a speech). Each speaker receives both an oral evaluation and a written evaluation -- which are never critical and always helpful -- because our ultimate objective is to help our members to succeed. So we hope you'll join us at our next meeting and invest in your own success.

Where and When   The Merritt Moonliters Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Cape Canaveral Hospital (map), Cocoa Beach, Florida, in Conference Room #C (right across from the gift shop). Our meetings start at 7:00 PM sharp. They usually conclude at around 8:30 PM.

No Cost to Visit   Guests are never charged to attend our meetings and may attend as often as they wish. Of course, we hope that they will eventually decide to join so that they can receive the maximum benefits from our time-tested program for developing communications and leadership skills.

Dues   Our dues are $51 for six months of membership, which includes a subscription to Toastmasters magazine. New members also pay a one-time fee of $20 for a set of manuals that will guide them through our program. New members will also be assigned a mentor for one-on-one coaching for their first few speeches. Nowhere else will you find a better value for improving your public speaking abilities.

Meeting Format   Most meetings start with a short business session followed by our educational program, which consists of speeches, Table Topics and speech evaluations. Up to four speeches are presented, usually about five to seven minutes each. Table Topics is a fun exercise designed to help members speak effectively on their feet. Several members are selected by the "Table Topics Master" to speak extemporaneously for one to two minutes on topics of the Table Topics Master's choosing. The educational program concludes with a two-to-three minute oral evaluation of each speech presented. Ribbon awards are then presented to the best speaker, best Table Topics presenter and best evaluator.

Speeches   All speeches are based on speech projects presented in time-tested manuals. While the speech topic and content are left for the member to choose, each manual project is organized to help the speaker develop a particular element of good public speaking, such as speech organization and body gestures.

Each new member receives the basic Toastmasters manual, Competent Communication: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Speaker, which contains ten speech projects. Once the projects in this manual have been completed and the member earns the Competent Communicator award, opportunities for further advancement and higher awards are available with advanced manuals.

Leadership   Each new member receives the Competent Leadership manual containing multiple projects. These projects can be completed by filling the various roles in a Toastmasters meeting and by other club activities, such as helping with a newsletter or web site. An advanced leadership award can be earned by completing the projects in the High Performance Leadership manual. Other leadership skills can be developed by serving as a club officer, an area governor, division governor or district officer.

Questions?   If you have further questions, please e-mail Jack Tawil at jjtawil@aol.com, subject "Toastmasters", or call him at (321) 453-9664.

Why Join Toastmasters? You can listen to the many reasons (Short DVD Testimonial Clips). And read the Moonliters' testimonials about Toastmasters and their own Club.

Webmaster Contact   Jack Tawil:   jjtawil@aol.com, subject "Webmaster".

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Last revised on August 31, 2016.